How to Remove Vomit Smell from a Car?

June 23, 2006

A child who is suffering from motion sickness.After a night of drinking, I puked all over my boyfriend's car. I had it cleaned by a car detailer, but the smell is still there. How can I get the smell out of the car?


Brittany from Toronto, CA


June 23, 20060 found this helpful
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I use disinfectant spray (Lysol) for that purpose. works perfectly.
You can also spread baking soda and leave it overnight, then vacuum.
Or put an open can of black coffee to absorb the odour.

June 26, 20061 found this helpful
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Found this on the internet. You can also try saturating the area with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Let it sit for a few minutes. Then, using a clean white absorbent cloth, blot the area, pressing down firmly (do not rub) for 30 seconds. Repeat this blotting process until the area is dry. If the stain or odor persists, repeat the process.

June 27, 20061 found this helpful
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My husband has been guilty of doing the exact same thing in my car! We had it detailed but still that awful smell was there. So, I resorted to the old fashioned remedy of sitting a bowl of vinegar on the floor of the car overnight. It took 2 nights - replacing the bowl with a fresh one each night - but it worked perfectly!


The vomit smell was completely absorbed into the bowl of vinegar! An open bowl of white vinegar will soak up most strong odours - including the smell of fresh paint in a house!

By AMD (Guest Post)
September 22, 20080 found this helpful
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The best thing ever! Untreated charcoal briquettes.

I shampooed twice. I used baking soda, I used vinegar with NO results.

Put a bag of untreated charchol briquettes and overnight the smell was gone! The only thing that worked for me. This is the easiest thing to do. Just open the bag and leave it open over night and magic.

Trust me this works the fastest, and the best!

October 7, 20100 found this helpful
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We had a pretty extreme case of this, all over the backseat of my husband's car. Even after shampooing everything, the smell was still there, and very strong. I tried two of the things I saw posted here and miraculously, overnight the smell was gone.


I covered the area with baking soda and left and open box in the car just to be sure. I also left a bowl of white vinegar on the floor of the back seat. Not sure which was the cure, but the smell is gone!

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December 5, 2000

My little nephew was unfortunately sick in my sister's car. She cleaned the mess up immediately and has since tried a couple of different solutions to get rid of the smell, but without success. Does anyone have a simple tip to get rid of the smell?



December 6, 20000 found this helpful
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While working in a pet hospital we had tried lots of different things for odor and cleaning. The one I liked best was called Odoban. You can mix a little and spray it for an instance smell-be-gone or use it in a stronger solution for floors, laundry etc.


However the reason I love it is that my husband spilled a full glass of milk in our car seat and drove it to work (in the summer while living at the beach). I could not stand that smell. It took two treatments but worked wonderful. I get it at Sam's club in a gallon size but have found it in 16 oz sizes at pet stores, cleaning places and others. Walmart carried it at one time. Good luck.

December 7, 20000 found this helpful
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Wal Mart and perhaps other stores providing goods for hunters sell scent elimination chemicals. A chemical brew designed to help hunters sneak up on hapless deer can just as easily help you kill odors. Effective? You bet!


I was able to neutralize the odor of a decompsing mouse that had died in my car's air conditioning blower. Since necrosis is perhaps the most objectionably smelly natural process known to man, this is amazing.

December 8, 20000 found this helpful
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Sprinkle coffee gounds (fresh) in your car--leave overnight, then vacuum. My husband worked in a distribution center and rail cars came in smelling terrible and coffee is what was used. Hope this will help.

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February 6, 2012

I need to know how to get vomit smell out of my brand new truck?

By Ruth from MS


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February 7, 20120 found this helpful

Here at my home, I put straight vinegar in a pint jar or jars and leave them sitting somewhere in the room where no one will see them and it takes care of all smells from pets, to tobacco smoke, and persons being/getting sick in the house.


Good Luck!

February 7, 20120 found this helpful

Generic Listerine, (the amber colored from wal mart) is excellent. I put it in spray bottle and use it for vomit, pet smells, cat urine, etc. and works very well. Use it as a general cleaner for the bathrooms and kitchen too... even windows, dirt cheap!

Hydrogen peroxide works well too. Just check a small area first, in case it bleaches, but really gets out the smells and stains. We use it for cleaning the bathroom sink, and shower; gets in the grout too. Last it is great as a mouthwash... no morning breath! Sparkling white teeth and in my daughters case, was the only thing that cured her gum disease!

Last that waterless hand sanitizer gel. This stuff is outstanding for nasty messes and smells... really makes things sparkling clean!

Also.. after you clean, if you still have odor, you can sprinkle on 20 mule team borax, rub it in, let it just sit there several hours and then vacuum it out.

Good luck!


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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

There is a product called Oda Ban or Odor Ban that is sold at Sam's Club. Works wonders.

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